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8 Unusual Booby Traps to Protect Your Home

Remember when Little Kevin, in the film Home Alone, had to come up with some creative and innovative booby traps in the house to fight off burglars? This flick serves as a great reminder that you can use just about anything home security if you put your mind to it. A booby trap is a device or rig intended to threaten, harm, or kill a person with the element of surprise, usually unknowingly triggered by the victim. In this age or time where our society is quickly heading into lawlessness, you can never be too sure. These traps can be a delaying tactic, harassment, or even pin down the enemy if set up perfectly. Don’t let your guard down and protect your home and your family. Here are some of our favorite creative booby traps guaranteed to kick the enemy’s ass when SHTF:

Kickass Booby Traps That Will Protect Your Homestead


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1. Trip Wire

A trip wire is a wire or a cord stretched close to the ground and attached to an explosive or to an alarm that prevents an intruder from entering an area. It is one of the most basic yet effective forms of security system you can make. Have you heard about Mosul Iraq? Iraqi forces are currently clearing hundreds or even thousands of booby traps placed by Islamic State Militants. It just shows how effective it is even after the insurgents have been defeated.

2. Feather Spear Trap

The feather spear trap is effective against wild hogs. This trap is easy to do but very lethal. It is also one of the earliest forms of traps. Our ancestors used these for hunting wild animals and to protect their land from invaders ideally placed in trails. Ever watched the movie Apocalypto? For sure you’ll see one of these.

3. Paracord Snare Trap

The snare trap is one of the simplest forms of traps. It catches an animal around its neck or the body. This is an effective tool for catching and harvesting small games or furbearers. Though it may be illegal in some states, it is reliable in a desperate survival situation. Having the skill to make one of these is a good leverage for every survivalist.

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4. Cornflour Explosive

Corn flour sprayed in the flames of a burning candle inside a tin can will result in an explosion because of the rapid combustion. The reaction of this explosive device shows the change of the chemical energy stored in the corn flour into heat.

5. Slow Burning Fuse

You can create an explosive time delay with some items you can find inside the house. With a slow burning fuse, you can buy yourself some time to hide before it explodes.

6. Punji Stake Pit

Punji sticks are stakes that were sharpened, fire-hardened pieces of bamboo, sharp enough to easily penetrate a soldier’s thick boot. The ends of the stakes were soaked with enzymes or poison to cause infection. This booby trap can absolutely result in serious injuries or even fatalities.

7. Talking Booby Trap

If you’re looking for a way to catch those culprits or “sneaky snoops” then this talking booty trap project is definitely a must try. Go get those pesky thieves with this firing device and prevent them from stealing your stuff!

8. Explosion Simulator

This project maybe just a simulator but it can be a very reliable and kick ass booby trap if it’s made right. The explosion can cause serious damage to intruders. Consider it like anti-personnel mines. The fire that will come out of this simulator will drive those sneaky thieves away.




Guard your home and keep your family safe and protected with these booby traps. In the event of SHTF, these booby traps will be an effective and reliable form of defense against different elements such as wild animals or people with bad intentions. Your ingenuity, resourcefulness, and improvisation will play a pivotal role in a survival situation. Go ahead, be creative, and have fun with your booby traps!

What do you think of these kickass booby traps? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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DISCLAIMER: The booby traps shown below are DANGEROUS and ILLEGAL in most countries. This article is for informational purposes only. Survival Life is not responsible for what you do with this information. For our full disclaimer, click here.


Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on October 13, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.